Tuesday, March 2, 2010

RCMP Andre Turcotte convicted of assault

Mountie convicted of assault
By JOHN MOORHOUSE/Penticton Herald
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An off-duty RCMP officer was guilty of assault when he knocked out a man in a roadside altercation in Summerland more than two years ago, a judge ruled Monday.
Cpl. Andre Turcotte sat emotionless in Penticton provincial court as Judge Dev Dley brought down his verdict following a trial that had wrapped up Feb. 4.
The judge rejected Turcotte‘s assertion that he acted in self-defence when he became embroiled in a scuffle with Scott Campbell on the night of Nov. 29, 2007.
Campbell was a passenger in a northbound Acura Integra that Turcotte claimed had almost run him off Highway 97 south of Trout Creek a few minutes earlier.
Dley pointed to the testimony of the occupants of a passing car who stopped at the scene. They said they saw Turcotte repeatedly punching Campbell outside the vehicle. Two of the witnesses said they also saw Turcotte kick Campbell as he lay on the ground.
Campbell suffered a suspected concussion and sore ribs in the confrontation.
“The issue in this case is the reliability of the evidence,” Dley said.
The judge said there were several inconsistencies in Turcotte‘s testimony and that of Kim Lam, owner of the Sumac Ridge golf course, who was a passenger in Turcotte‘s car. He rejected the defendant‘s claim that he did not flash his badge or tell Campbell he was a police officer.
Dley also wondered why Turcotte didn‘t acknowledge he had been involved in an altercation when a fellow Summerland RCMP officer commented about the assault the next day.
“He wanted to conceal his involvement and escape liability,” Dley said.
During the trial, Turcotte said he feared for his life after almost being forced into Okanagan Lake by the passing car, which he estimated was travelling up to 160 km/h.
He later caught up with the vehicle, which had stopped at the traffic signal at Highway 97 and Prairie Valley Road. He claimed the male passenger gave him the middle finger and later, as both cars were in motion, rolled down his window and leaned out, gesturing for him to pull over, while pretending to shoot him with both hands extended like guns.
Turcotte said the Acura later suddenly slowed down in front of him, forcing him to respond by flashing his high beams. Both cars eventually pulled over near the
entrance to Sumac Ridge.
Turcotte said the man got out of the car and came up to his vehicle. He got out, and the man pushed him on the shoulders, at which point Turcotte responded by grabbing the other man‘s upper arms.
Turcotte said he punched him twice in the elbow in an unsuccessful attempt to force him to let go. Hearing his jacket rip, Turcotte said he punched the man once in the face, which by then was partially covered by his hoodie. He denied kicking and repeatedly striking the man.
He drove off as the third car arrived, suggesting he was afraid the woman driving the Acura had called friends on her cellphone.
Turcotte declined comment following the verdict. He will be sentenced at a later date.
The RCMP officer, who now serves at the force‘s regional office in Kelowna, also faces charges of assault and unlawful confinement in a unrelated incident while making an arrest outside a Summerland pub on Aug. 17, 2007.
Now we wait for the sentence.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

This Blog will deal with RCMP corruption and politics in general, I got involved with the RCMP when I was threatened by Constable Lomax of the Penticton BC RCMP, after going through the Commission for Public Complaints Lomax was found guilty the only action taken was he be given
{correctional guidance} no apology was received from Lomax, case closed.

It's my belief the RCMP or any other police force should not be investigating themselves, they have and always will protect their colleagues.

The RCMP and all police should be striped of their use of tasers there have been 23 deaths in Canada from tasers yet the government and the RCMP say there is no connection between the two.

Deaths in Canada by tasers
1. Terry Hanna, 51 – Burnaby, BC - April 19, 2003 - RCMP
2. Clayton Willey, 33 – Prince George, BC - July 22, 2003 - RCMP
3. Clark Whitehouse, 34 – Whitehorse, YK - September 2003 - RCMP
4. Ronald Perry, 28 – Edmonton, AB - March 23, 2004
5. Roman Andreichikov, 25 – Vancouver, BC - May 1, 2004
6. Peter Lamonday, 33 – London, ON - May 13, 2004
7. Robert Bagnell, 44 – Vancouver, BC - June 23, 2004
8. Jerry Knight, 29 – Mississauga, ON - July 17, 2004
9. Samuel Truscott, 43 – Kingston, ON - August 8, 2004
10. Kevin Geldart, 34 – Moncton, NB - May 5, 2005 - RCMP
11. Gurmeet Sandhu, 41 – Surrey, BC - June 30, 2005 - RCMP
12. James Foldi, 39 – Beamsville, ON - July 1, 2005
13. Paul Saulnier, 42 – Digby, NS - July 15, 2005 - RCMP
14. Alesandro Fiacco, 33 – Edmonton, AB - December 24, 2005
15. Jason Doan, 28 – Red Deer, AB - August 30, 2006 - RCMP
16. James Barber, 25, Ottawa, ON - January 2007
17. Claudio Castagnetta, 32 - Quebec City, QC - September 20, 2007
18. Robert Dziekanski, 40 - Vancouver, BC - October 14, 2007 - RCMP
19. Quilem Registre, 39 - Montreal, QC - October 17, 2007
20. Howard Hyde, 45 - Halifax, NS - November 22, 2007
21. Robert Knipstrom, 36 - Chilliwack, BC - November 24, 2007 - RCMP
22. Jeffrey Marreel, 36 - Norfolk, Ontario - June 23, 2008 - OPP
23. Michael Langan, 17, Winnipeg, MB - July 22, 2008